CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1993 |
Assemblyman William J. (Pete) Knight agreed Friday to meet with Antelope Valley Latinos, galvanized this week after Knight distributed a poem mocking illegal immigrants from Mexico. Knight, a Palmdale Republican, met briefly Friday morning in his office with two Latino community leaders and said he would discuss the controversy at a public meeting Sunday.
May 21, 1993 |
At the urging of a leading Latino lawmaker, Republican Assemblyman William J. (Pete) Knight on Thursday issued a public apology on the Assembly floor for his distribution of a poem disparaging illegal immigrants. Knight made his apology during an emotion-tinged session at which Assemblyman Richard Polanco (D-Los Angeles), chairman of the legislative Latino caucus, said that the racist verse had "offended an entire community."
May 20, 1993 |
The controversy over state Assemblyman William J. (Pete) Knight distributing a poem mocking illegal Latino immigration has divided the Antelope Valley he represents, with Latinos voicing outrage Wednesday but other residents expressing support for Knight and approval of the poem. Latino community leaders and residents called the poem offensive and demanded that Knight apologize to Latinos.
May 20, 1993 |
Republican freshman Assemblyman William J. (Pete) Knight, who as an Air Force pilot flew 253 missions over Vietnam, got his legislative baptism of fire Wednesday, taking flak for passing out a poem titled "I Love America" that critics argue is racist. But the 63-year-old former Palmdale mayor said he is too old to get an ulcer over the verse that mocks illegal immigrants as freeloaders driving out the "white man race." He variously described the doggerel as being interesting, clever and funny.
May 19, 1993 |
A Palmdale assemblyman on Tuesday distributed a racist verse to fellow Republicans mocking Latino illegal immigrants in broken English--"we have a hobby, it's called breeding"--and concluding that America is "too damn good for white man race." Assemblyman Pete Knight, a freshman, later defended the five-stanza poem, which he said came to him in the mail from a constituent. "What do you mean, 'Take it wrong?' " Knight asked a Times reporter. "It is an interesting poem, one person's point of view."
September 23, 1990 |
Everyone in the aeronautics community knew they had the right stuff, and now the city of Lancaster has made it official. Chuck Yeager, Jimmy Doolittle, A. Scott Crossfield, Tony LeVier and Pete Knight--pilots who achieved dizzying heights in the early days of flight testing--became the first Saturday to be honored in Lancaster's Aerospace Walk of Honor. "They're sure a different breed of cat from the rest of us," said George Root, vice mayor of Lancaster.